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Solon Urges Immediate Passage Of Bill Ensuring Parking Space Security

PARKING SPACE – A lawmaker recently urged the immediate passage of the House Bill which ensures security in parking spaces and regulates parking fees.

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Valenzuela City Representative Wes Gatchalian’s urge came after his fellow solon, ACT-CIS party-list Representative Niña Taduran, was victimized by the alleged “basag-kotse” thieves as her vehicle was parked within the vicinity of a mall in Quezon City.

According to GMA News, House Bill 3262 was filed by Gatchalian himself. Under the bill, business owners and operators or parking enterprises are required to maintain and provide security in their parking establishments.

This will also hold owners and operators accountable for loss or damage to property of a customer while their vehicle is parked within the premises via prohibiting operators from invoking a viewer of liability.

“Doon po sa ating panukala, na-specify namin na sa bawat lugar kung saan ipa-park ang ating sasakyan at iiwan ang ating ari-arian sa loob man ng sasakyan, dapat ang establisimyento ay mag-take responsibility dito,”

According to Gatchalian, this has always been the practice of certain business establishments to waive any responsibility over the vehicles parked within their premises.

He added that it was revealed during the past two public hearings last month that there are signages in establishments like malls, hotels or hospitals that states that they are not responsible for anything that might happen to their vehicles.

“Ano pa ‘yong point na nagbabayad ka ng parking fee kung ang mga consumer natin ay hindi natin pinoprotektahan?”

He added that the measure also aims to standardize parking fees across different malls, buildings and other business establishments.

“Ayon sa aming pag-aaral, paiba-iba ‘yong mga parking fees natin. Mayroong ₱40, mayroong ₱50, at mayroong iba na charging as much as ₱100 or more, lalo na sa mga hotel,”

“Minsan kapag pumunta ka sa hotel para dumalo sa kasal, paglabas mo magugulat ka naka-four hours ka na pala tapos ang singil sayo, ₱300 or ₱400,”

According to the report, the standard fee will be ₱40 for the first eight hours with an additional ₱10 for the succeeding hours. As for overnight parking, the charge is ₱100 per vehicle.

At the same time the measure waives the parking fee for consumers who purchased at least ₱1,000 worth of goods and service, as long as they did not use the parking space for more than three hours.

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